What is happening with the decision of Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek? That seems to be what everyone in the Macarthur area is wondering lately.
Every few days you see something in the media, with supposedly a decision being made soon. Don’t forget this has been going on for about 30 years, but seemed to be in the final stages of the decision back in November last year when Tony Abbott indicated that the site would be good for Sydney’s 2nd airport (see this story). Funnily enough, it already has it’s own international airport code (SWZ) and is called Sydney West Airport – if all that sticks given a green light I’m not really sure.
I think in some respects the airport may be good for Western Sydney but the infrastructure in the surrounding areas has to be upgraded substantially. The current state of the road and rail network is not even close to what it needs to be if an airport was to be built at Badgerys Creek.
How much will it affect people in the Narellan and and Mount Annan areas? It largely depends on the flight paths and thus the placement of the airport runways at Badgery’s Creek. There are currently 3 options for the runways, shown below (sorry for the poor size).
The best option for a flight path at Badgery’s Creek which would probably not affect residents in the Macarthur area is runway option A. See graphic below (source: google.com) for affected areas if Option A was adopted:
Option B would possibly bring aircraft noise to the local area, as would option C. It has been written in the media that parts of Camden and St Clair would be affected by some flight noise if Option C was adopted.
On the in the environmental front, apparently due process has written off the site as inappropriate for a 2nd airport because of air quality, noise pollution, risks to our water supply and ecological sustainability.
Locals of the area would be well aware that Badgerys Creek suffers from fog, which is an operational nightmare for any airport.
Where the airport would exactly be located can be shown in the aerial pic below (source: google.com). To the left of the pic (out of view) would be be Elizabeth Drive running from top to bottom.
Shown below is what the area currently looks like, with these photos taken earlier this week from Badgery’s Creek Road, looking West. I had to add the rickety sign from the local park, as I’m not sure how much longer it will remain up.
We are pleased to announce the release of the new Android App in the Google Playstore today.
As you can see from the screenshot above, the app has a very easy to use interface to this website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.
There is also a ‘featured’ button, but we’ll let you work out what that is when you install the app yourself.
It has not been tested with every Android device out there, so we are keen to get any kind of feedback (please leave a comment below) on the ease of use, and whether any errors come up.
Also, any suggestions on new features would be welcome also.
The app can be found in the Google Playstore here.
For future updates on the app, please visit this page.
With the long weekend coming up due to Australia Day, there are many events on in the Macarthur area where you can celebrate with your fellow Australians. Hopefully the weather will hold up, with it looking to be not too hot a weekend coming up.
John St Camden looks to be pick of the locations to go to with a lot of activities planned for a fun packed day, with kicks off at 8am.
The list of free activities include face painting, roving entertainment, mini putt putt golf, rock climbing, jumping castles, tattoos, a Thong Throwing competition and market stalls all in line with an Australiana theme. Aussie cover band, Mad Rhino, will be also be performing a range of Australian hit songs.
The program, as listed on the Camden council website :
8am – 1pm FREE entertainment and activities in John Street, Camden
8.30am Australia Day Thanksgiving Service by The Christian Community of Camden
9.15am Official Ceremony
11.15am Macarthur Lions Street Parade, Argyle Street, Camden
Elsewhere in the Macarthur area, events can be found at the following locations on Australia Day:
Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown: 8am to 10am – Australia Day awards, citizenship ceremony and free BBQ
Greg Percival Community Centre, Ingleburn: 11am to 2pm – citizenship ceremony, games, music, activities and free BBQ
Koshigaya Park, Campbelltown: 4pm to 9.30pm – entertainment, stalls, free rides and fireworks
The entertainment includes: 4pm Macarthur talent showcase, 6pm Blinky Bill’s singalong, 6.40pm Stars from Oz, 7.30pm Under Wraps, 8.30pm Endless Summer Party Band, and then the family favourite fireworks at 9pm. The Endless Summer Party Band will again perform at 9.10pm with the day’s events concluding at 9.30pm
For more information on the events in Campbelltown and Ingleburn, please see the Campbelltown council website.
This week has seen some consistently high temperatures around the Macarthur region. Most days have been in the high 30′s with no rain. It’s important to keep hydrated and drink plenty of water in this heat.
However looking at forecasts that is due to change this week coming with rain predicted. As always, I’ll believe it when i see it as we seem to miss a lot of rain here in the Mount Annan and Narellan areas.
The week has certainly lent itself to some really nice sunsets also. A great place to look at them and also photograph them is up the top of Willam Howe Regional Park (I incorrectly called it William Howe Reserve), where you can get some virtually uninterrupted views of the sun setting over the great dividing range.
The below picture was taken on Friday evening around 8pm, just before sunset. I purposely lined up the pic with the tree in the shot as I think it adds to the photo.
If you have taken any great photos, please leave a message via a contact page, and we can arrange to display them on our site here.
Christmas/New Year is always a bit heavy on the wallet and purse, and petrol prices in the local area have not helped. I’ve seen a couple of stories in the last few weeks (one as recent as today in the Macarthur Chronicle) which prompted me to write about the cheap(?) petrol in Mount Annan.
From the Chronicle story, a reader reported seeing petrol 22c more expensive in Narellan compared to the same company in Blaxland Road, Campbelltown.
There was another similar story in mid November reported by the Camden Advertiser and the difference of 8-12 cents a litre between Narellan and Campbelltown.
I noticed this for myself a couple of weeks ago whilst driving to the beach. I filled up at Mount Annan, and then proceeded to drive to Wollongong via Appin Road. The petrol on Appin Road was around 8 cents a litre cheaper. I should of filled up there! I thought at the time that it was a one off occasion, but since then I have confirmed that it is the norm.
Unfortunately for local residents, if you are travelling on the Hume Highway/M5 each morning to work, you only have 2 service stations to pick from (one is a bit of a pain to get to if you are in a hurry). I think it comes down to planning your refuels, and certainly shopping around keeping an eye on the general trend.
Would love to hear of any other petrol pricing differences from readers, or where the best place to buy cheap petrol in Mount Annan or the surrounding areas are.
Update: Buying petrol today (18th Jan 2014) on my way to the beach, I notice that the petrol was the same price at Mount Annan and Campbelltown. A big difference to when this story was first written.